1981-1990

Lucio Fulci – Gatto nero AKA Black Cat (1981)

Synopsis:
Patrick Magee is a psychic that can communicate with the dead. He also has the ability to control the mind of his cat (who incidently is black). He uses the cat to take vengeance upon his enemies. A photographer (Mimsy Farmer) who happen to be working for the local constables (David Warbeck, Al Cliver) begins to notice cat scratches on some of the accident victims that are turning up. She pays a visit to Magee (kitty just happens to be present) and conveys her suspicions of the cat’s involvement in some of the local deaths. Kitty doesn’t like this at all, and it’s his turn to control the mind of owner Magee to take it’s vengeance out. Read More »

João Pedro Rodrigues – O Pastor (1988)

João Pedro Rodrigues’ ESTC graduation short film.
Formally assured, and consisting mostly of long shots, it tells the story of a shepherd who, at the age of 65, is forced to retire. It is unsurprising to learn that António Reis was one of Rodrigues’ teachers at ESTC, considering how much it reminded me of Reis’ own semi-ethnographic portrayals of quotidian rural life in Trás-os-Montes and Ana. Still, it is a mere curiosity. Read More »

Bruno Mattei & Claudio Fragasso – Rats – Notte di terrore AKA Rats: Night of Terror (1984)

One hundred years after a nuclear war has devastated the planet, society has been reborn into two factions; the underground society and the scavangers above in the wastelands. A group of scavangers on bikes come across a town infested with flesh eating rats, and soon the gore is spilling everywhere. Read More »

Mika Kaurismäki – Rosso [+Extra] (1985)

Plot Synopsis from AllMovie
This well-paced farce sends up intellectual thrillers as hitman Rosso (the handsomeKari Vaananen, also co-scripter) is assigned the job of eliminating a certain Finnish woman who coincidentally was once his summer love. The reluctant gangster heads north from Sicily and ultimately lands in the remote Finnish countryside looking for his target, Maria (Leena Harjupatana). Rosso and Maria’s brother take off in an old car to find her, and along the way they also manage any number of robberies and quick getaways. Their pursuers are bumped off to the sounds of rousing music and a quote here and there from Dante, who else? While Dante’s comedy was divine, this is good earth-bound fun. Read More »

Mike Vardy – Bon Voyage (1985)

BBC One London, 8 December 1985 21.15

Synopsis A series of stories by Noel Coward
This week: Bon Voyage
Screenplay by STANLEY PRICE starring
Judy Parfitt , Nigel Havers with Helen Horton
Michael Aldridge
Ursula Howells and Doreen Mantle
Cruises bring the most unlikely people together. That is one of their chief attractions and this particular cruise, on board the SS Mara bound across the Pacific from San Francisco, proves to be no exception. Read More »

Tony Smith – What Mad Pursuit? (1985)

BBC One London, 24 November 1985 21.05

A series of stories by Noël Coward

Screenplay by STANLEY PRICE starring Carroll Baker and Paul Daneman with Neil Cunningham , Jane Carr and Sandra Dickinson
If you were a famous English novelist doing a whistle stop tour of the United States to promote your books, wouldn’t you welcome with open arms the chance of a quiet weekend away from it all in a remote corner of Long Island? Of course you would. Well, let what happened to Evan Lorrimer be an awful warning…. Read More »

Tinto Brass – Miranda (1985)

Miranda is a beautiful woman who runs a local tavern. After the loss of her husband in WWII, she tries out a variety of men. Over the course of four seasons she meets four men: in Winter the rich old council; in Spring there is the young chauffeur; in Summer the American G.I.; and in Autumn, the servant of the Tavern. Now she has to make a decision, who would be the best lover as well husband. Read More »